For immediate release | October 5, 2021

ALA Nominating Committee announces councilors-at-large candidates

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) announced that 68 candidates are running for 34 at-large seats on the ALA Council.

The following candidates were accepted by the Nominating Committee (listed alphabetically by last name):

Tarida Anantachai

Interim Head, Learning and Academic Engagement

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY


Antonio Apodaca

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Ventura County Library

Ventura, CA


Joanna M. Arteaga La Spina

Spanish Translation Coordinator

San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco, CA


Richard E. Ashby, Jr

Director, Sto-Rox Public Library

Focus On Renewal - Sto-Rox Public Library

McKees Rocks, PA


Glen Benedict

Access Services Librarian

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, DC


Erin Berman

Division Director

Alameda County Library

Fremont, CA


Adriana Blancarte-Hayward

Manager, Outreach Services

The New York Public Library

New York, NY


Jennifer Boettcher

Business Reference Librarian

Georgetown University

Washington, DC


Jennifer Brown

Executive Director

The Field Library

Peekskill, NY


Nick Buron

Chief Librarian

Queens Public Library

New York, NY


Camille Chesley

Reference Librarian|Subject Librarian for Journalism, Newspapers, and Reference

University at Albany

Albany, NY


Sarah Clark

Dean & University Librarian

La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA


John Clexton

Library Director

Gladwin County District Library

Gladwin, MI


Kaitlin Crotty

Interim Library Director

Rogers State University

Claremore, OK


Amy Dye-Reeves

Education & History Librarian

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX


Maria Estrella

Dyad Public Services Manager

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland, OH


Maggie Farrell

Dean of Libraries

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV


Athanasia Fitos

Librarian 4-Branch Manager

Miami-Dade Public Library System

Miami, FL


Tiffeni Fontno

Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA


Elizabeth Fried

Library Director

Norwood Public Library

Norwood, NJ


Kenny Garcia

Research & Instruction Librarian

California State University - Monterey Bay

Seaside, CA


Calypso Gilstrap

School Librarian

Goochland High School

Goochland, VA


Eric Gomez

Community Library Manager - Tyrone Bryant Branch Library

Broward County Library

Fort Lauderdale, FL


Africa Hands

Assistant Professor

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC


Vicky Hart

Director of Library Services

Northeast Lakeview College

Universal City, TX


Carrie Herrmann

Executive Director

Boone County Public Library

Burlington, KY


Twanna Hodge

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Librarian

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL


Jenn Hooker

Librarian II

Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Santa Cruz CA


Martha Hutzel

Library Director

Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Fredericksburg, VA


Judy Jeng

Community Representative

Digital Public Library of America

Woodbridge, CT


Qiana Johnson

Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections Strategies

Northwestern University Libraries

Evanston, IL


kalan Knudson Davis

Special Collections Metadata Librarian

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN


Victoria Kowanetz

Assistant Community Library Manager

Queens Public Library

Rockaway Park, NY


Jamie Kurumaji

Supervising Librarian

Fresno County Public Library

Fresno, CA


Bradley Kuykendall

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Lincoln University

Jefferson City, MO


Tina Lerno

Librarian II, Digital Content Team

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, CA


Adriene Lim

Dean of Libraries

University of Maryland

College Park, MD


Rodney Lippard

Director, Gregg-Graniteville Library

University of South Carolina AIken

Aiken, SC


Amy Little


Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento, CA


Jennisen Lucas

District Librarian

Park County School District #6

Cody, WY


Andrea Malone

Coordinator of Research Services and Liaison to Languages & Ethnic Studies

University of Houston

Houston, TX


Martha Meacham

Project Director

National Library of Medicine

Litchfield, NH


Chulin Meng

Director of Library Technology

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA


Ryan Mcginnis

Library Technician II

Cook Memorial Library

La Grande, OR


Valeria Molteni

Dean of Library Services

Bowman Library, Menlo College

Atherton, CA


Ophelia Morey

Associate Librarian

University at Buffalo

Buffalo, NY


Marina Morgan

Metadata Librarian

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL


Ramin Naderi

Acting Senior Librarian

Venice Branch, Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, CA


Mandy Nasr

Library Director

Camarillo Public Library

Camarillo, CA


Muzhgan Nazarova

Turkic Languages Librarian (Acquisitions and Cataloging)

Library of Congress LS/ABA/ASME/MESA

Washington, DC


James Neal

University Librarian Emeritus

Columbia University

New York, NY


Toni Negro


Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Rockville, MD


Sharaya Olmeda

Librarian at the California Men's Colony State Prison

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

San Luis Obispo, CA


Anchalee (Joy) Panigabutra-Roberts

Head, Cataloging

The University of Tennessee Libraries

Knoxville, TN


Edwin Rodarte

Emerging Technologies Department Senior Librarian

Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles, CA


Suzanne Sager


Portland State University

Portland, OR


Sophia Sotilleo

Interim Library Director

Lincoln University

Lincoln University, PA


Wendy Stephens

Associate Professor and School Library Program Chair

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL


Eric Suess

Library Director

Marshall Public Library

Pocatello, ID


Valerie Tagoe

Media Specialist

Dallas Independent School District

Dallas, TX


Marliese Thomas

Fine Arts Librarian

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL


Joseph Thompson

Director of Public Services

Carroll County Public Library

New Windsor, MD


Paul Wartenberg

Reference and Technology Librarian

Bartow Public Library

Bartow, FL


Terry Weech


University of Illinois

Urbana, IL


Janice Welburn

Dean of Libraries, Raynor Memorial Libraries

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI


Amber Williams

Strategic Project Manager

Spokane County Library District

Spokane Valley, WA


Hong Yao

Director, Technical Services

Queens Public Library

Jamaica, NY


Steven Yates

Assistant Director and School Library Program Coordinator

University of Alabama SLIS

Tuscaloosa, AL


The Nominating Committee annually nominates candidates from within the general membership for Council members-at-large.

The committee had the charge to consider applications for up to 51 potential nominations. The submissions pool yielded 68 candidates. The committee will proceed with the election for 34 seats to honor those who have chosen to stand for election during the 2022-2025 term.

Individuals who are not selected by the Nominating Committee may still run for office by petition.

Those interested in running for ALA Council by petition have until 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 1, 2021, to file an electronic petition with the ALA executive director. The petition must have the signatures of no fewer than 25 ALA current personal members.

Candidates must electronically submit their Candidate Biographical Information Form with the petition. Instructions for filing petitions and additional election information is available on the ALA Election page.

Ballot mailing for the ALA election will begin the second Monday in March on March 14, 2022 and will run through the first Wednesday in April on April 6, 2022. Individuals must be members in good standing to vote in the 2022 ALA elections. Renew your membership online or by calling 1-800-545-2433, option 1. For more information, please visit the ALA Election page:

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Sheryl Reyes


American Library Association